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  • US consumer confidence slides after big January gain

    February 24, 2015 10:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer confidence fell this month after a big gain in January but remains higher than it was before the Great Recession. The Conference Board reports that its consumer confidence index dropped this month 96.4 from a revised 103.8 in January. The February and January readings are the... more »
  • Suspected U.S. drone strike kills 4 militants in Pakistan

    January 19, 2015 1:56 AM

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Officials in Pakistan say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed four militants near the country's northwestern border with Afghanistan. The officials say the strike Monday targeted a suspected militant hideout in the Shawal area of Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region. The two officials spoke on condition... more »
  • U.S. loosens embargo on Cuba, making trade and travel easier

    January 15, 2015 8:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration says new rules to significantly loosen the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba and open up the communist island to greater American travel will go into effect Friday. They are the next step in President Barack Obama's plan to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. They... more »
  • Fed survey finds moderate economic growth

    January 14, 2015 1:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in December and early January, helped by gains in sales of autos and other consumer products, increased factory production and a pickup in tourism in various parts of the country. The Fed says business contacts... more »
  • US issues global travel warning after terror attacks

    January 9, 2015 5:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - The United States has issued a global travel warning after recent terror attacks in France, Australia and Canada. The alert comes hours after French police killed three hostage-takers in a pair of incidents. Two of the men are believed responsible for Wednesday's attack on a satirical magazine in... more »
  • US says NKorea sanctions step 1 in Sony response

    January 3, 2015 10:38 AM

    HONOLULU - The United States says its new round of sanctions against North Korea is just the opening salvo in its response to an unprecedented cyberattack on Sony. Yet there may be little else the U.S. can do to further isolate a country that already has few friends in the... more »
  • Coming soon to US: Cuba Libre, with real Cuban rum

    December 22, 2014 11:16 AM

    MIAMI - U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation. Relaxed limits on what licensed U.S. travelers can bring home mean that Americans will be able... more »
  • Cuban cigar boom? Stores and customers say not yet

    December 19, 2014 11:29 AM

    MIAMI - The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about business. Some tobacco shops owners... more »
  • US ends control of Afghan prison

    December 10, 2014 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials say the United States on Wednesday released the final detainees from the Parwan Detention Center in Afghanistan, ending the U.S. operation of any prisons in the country after more than a decade of war. Officials say the final three detainees have been released. Two, including... more »
  • Growth rate of US health tab may have hit bottom

    December 3, 2014 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government says U.S. health care spending grew by the slowest rate in more than a half-century last year. But a speed-up is coming, as the economy gets traction and the new health care law covers more people. The nation's health care tab grew by just 3.6 percent... more »
  • Pope Francis confirms trip to the United States

    November 17, 2014 11:52 AM

    PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's mayor says it's a "joyous day." Michael Nutter says the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia will be the largest event in the city's modern history. The pontiff confirmed today that he will make his first papal visit to the United States with the trip to... more »
  • US review of IS video confirms American's death

    November 16, 2014 2:12 PM

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE - The White House says a review of a new Islamic State video confirms the death of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig. That announcement came Sunday as President Barack Obama flew back to Washington from Hawaii after a trip last week to the Asia Pacific region.... more »
  • US falters late in 2-1 loss to Colombia in London

    November 14, 2014 4:06 PM

    LONDON - Teofilo "Teo" Gutierrez headed in a tiebreaking goal in the 87th minute, and Colombia rallied to beat the United States 2-1 Friday night in an exhibition at Fulham's Craven Cottage. Jozy Altidore converted a penalty kick in the 10th minute, his 25th international goal, after a hand ball... more »
  • US retail sales rise on autos, online purchases

    November 14, 2014 10:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending. The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 0.3 percent last month after falling by the same amount in September. Excluding gas stations, where falling prices... more »
  • Health officials urge Congress for Ebola help

    November 12, 2014 2:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. health officials are telling Congress that they have trained 250,000 American nurses, doctors and other health workers on how to safely handle any Ebola patients who arrive in this country. Beefing up the U.S. response is a key part of President Barack Obama's $6.2 billion emergency aid... more »
  • Obama says US can't shy away from Ebola battle

    October 28, 2014 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the United States can't be seen as shying away from battle against Ebola. Obama did not directly criticize quarantine policies for returning health care workers implemented in New York and New Jersey. But he says the response to Ebola needs to be sensible and... more »
  • US consumer confidence jumps to 7-year high

    October 28, 2014 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - Consumer confidence has rebounded strongly this month, hitting a seven-year high as solid job gains raise expectations for economic growth. The Conference Board says its confidence index climbed to 94.5, the strongest reading since October 2007 and the start of the Great Recession a few months later. This... more »
  • Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in US

    October 22, 2014 4:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the U.S. Obama notes that relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the U.S. have been freed from quarantine. And he notes that two nurses from a Dallas hospital who were infected... more »
  • US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low

    October 16, 2014 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest signal that companies are cutting few workers and hiring could remain healthy. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000,... more »
  • 1st Ebola patient diagnosed in the US dead

    October 8, 2014 10:24 AM

    DALLAS - A Dallas hospital spokesman says the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has died. Wendell Watson of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital says Thomas Eric Duncan died Wednesday morning. Duncan arrived in Dallas Sept. 20 from Liberia and fell ill a few days later. He was sent... more »
  • Obama: Ebola outbreak 'spiraling out of control'

    September 16, 2014 3:27 PM

    ATLANTA - President Barack Obama says the world is looking to the United States to address the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Obama says the U.S. embraces that responsibility. The president is outlining new U.S. efforts to respond to the outbreak during a visit to the federal Centers... more »
  • Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

    August 30, 2014 11:54 AM

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that terrorist groups will attack Europe and the United States unless they are faced with collective "power and speed" from the international community. King Abdullah's comments come as the Islamic State group has seized wide swaths of land across... more »
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

    August 20, 2014 10:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes. The militants released a video Tuesday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being... more »
  • Job openings in June hit 13-year-plus high

    August 12, 2014 10:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years. The Labor Department says that employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May's total of 4.58 million. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a... more »
  • What's scary about Ebola, reasons not to fear it

    August 9, 2014 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - The United States' top disease detective calls Ebola a "painful, dreadful, merciless virus." The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing more than 900 people and spreading. That's scary. But it also cries out for context. AIDS alone takes more than... more »
  • US 'appalled' by 'disgraceful' UN school shelling

    August 3, 2014 2:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The United States says it is "appalled" by the "disgraceful" shelling by Israel of a United Nations school sheltering some 3,000 displaced people in southern Gaza. In language that was rare in its directness and severity, the U.S. denounced the attack earlier in the day that killed 10... more »
  • US condemns Israeli shelling of UN school in Gaza

    July 30, 2014 12:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The United States is condemning Israel's shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering displaced Palestinians. It's the sharpest criticism the U.S. has leveled at Israel over the more than three weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. White House spokeswoman... more »
  • US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring

    July 30, 2014 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending. The Commerce Department says the second-quarter rebound followed a sharp 2.1 percent annualized drop in economic... more »
  • Vitter discusses his solution to the U.S. border crisis Play Video

    July 21, 2014 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tensions at the U.S.-Mexico border are high as wave after wave of illegal migrant children spill over into the United States. U.S. Senator and gubernatorial candidate David Vitter (R-Louisiana) stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his bill he says is the solution to the... more »
  • Obama heads to Texas with no plans to visit border Play Video

    July 9, 2014 5:15 AM

    TEXAS - The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability for President Barack Obama, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration's competence and complicating the debate over the nation's fractured immigration laws. Still, Obama is resisting calls to visit the border during his... more »
  • US asks for more security at some foreign airports

    July 2, 2014 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is ordering increased security measures at some overseas airports offering direct flights to the United States. The Homeland Security Department would not immediately say Wednesday whether the increased measures were in response to intelligence about a specific threat. But a U.S. counterterrorism official... more »
  • USA-Germany match an ESPN ratings win

    June 27, 2014 6:04 PM

    SAO PAULO - The United States' 1-0 loss to Germany was the second-highest rated men's World Cup match on ESPN's networks despite the noon EDT kickoff. The game received a 6.7 rating on ESPN and was seen by 10.77 million viewers, ESPN said Friday. Viewers peaked at 12.06 million during... more »
  • World Cup fever spikes in Baton Rouge

    June 26, 2014 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Fans packed sports bars and other venues around Baton Rouge before lunch Thursday to watch the U. S. take on Germany in a key World Cup match. People filled The Londoner in Baton Rouge nearly to capacity, draped in flags and covered in red-white-and-blue facepaint to... more »
  • Portugal rescues 2-2 draw vs US at World Cup Play Video

    June 22, 2014 10:19 PM

    MANAUS, Brazil - Varela headed in an equalizer in injury time to salvage a 2-2 draw for Portugal against the United States at the World Cup on Sunday and deny the Americans a spot in the second round. Cristiano Ronaldo swung in a cross from the right and Varela thumped... more »
  • Ronaldo wears knee brace in Portugal team practice

    June 20, 2014 10:12 AM

    CAMPINAS, Brazil - Cristiano Ronaldo is wearing a brace on his troublesome left knee as his Portugal team holds its final World Cup training session before departing for a crucial game against the United States. The reigning world player of the year took part in some light workout with the... more »
  • Grounds crew in Manaus works on World Cup field

    June 13, 2014 2:26 PM

    MANAUS, Brazil - The grounds crew at the Arena da Amazonia is working hard trying to get the playing surface ready for Saturday's World Cup match between England and Italy. Workers were painting the lines along the area surrounding one of the goals and using a cutout of a circle... more »
  • Pakistan condemns first US drone strikes this year

    June 12, 2014 5:04 AM

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Pakistani government has condemned two strikes by American drones that have killed 13 suspected militants and marked the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Thursday that the strikes are a violation of... more »
  • Obama: No act of terror can match strength of US

    May 15, 2014 9:28 AM

    NEW YORK - President Barack Obama says no act of terror can match the strength and character of the United States. He says, quote, "Nothing can ever break us." Obama is speaking at the dedication in New York for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. He says this museum tells... more »
  • Obama: Sanctions show costs to Russia on Crimea

    March 17, 2014 7:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says new U.S. sanctions imposed on Russian officials make it clear "that there are consequences for their actions" in Crimea and he's warning that the U.S. stands ready to impose further sanctions if necessary. The president stressed that the government has the authority to go... more »
  • A Cold War reprise as US seeks Moscow's isolation

    March 3, 2014 7:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defenses in Europe in response to Russia's military advances on Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry is going this week to Ukraine's capital. Kerry says world leaders "are prepared to go to the... more »
  • Lolo Jones selected for US Olympic bobsled team

    January 19, 2014 6:08 PM

    Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones have been selected for the U.S. bobsled team that will compete in next month's Sochi Olympics. They are now positioned to join a group of eight other Americans who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Games. Williams is a three-time summer Olympian who... more »
  • Car bomb hits near US consulate in Afghanistan

    September 12, 2013 9:37 PM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan governor says militants have detonated a car bomb around 66 yards away from the U.S. consulate in the western city of Herat, wounding seven civilians. A gunbattle between militants and security forces in the area was still going on Friday morning. Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi, the... more »
  • Obama seeking lawmakers' approval for Syria strike

    August 31, 2013 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. But he says he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. He says congressional leadership plans to hold a debate and... more »
  • Obama urges Americans to remember the sacrifice of service members

    May 27, 2013 9:08 PM

    ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama is calling on Americans to remember and honor the sacrifices of the country's fighting men and women. And he says we should "never forget that the nation is still at war," even though the U.S. combat role in Iraq has ended and the country's... more »
  • Nicaragua detains US most-wanted suspect

    April 22, 2013 3:05 PM

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua- Police in Nicaragua have detained one of the FBI's ten most-wanted fugitives. Child-porn suspect, Eric Justin Toth, was detained near the Honduran border. Toth is a fomer elementary school teacher in Washington D.C. and now faces accusations he possessed and produced child pornography. He lost... more »
  • Get ready to rumble

    April 11, 2013 7:23 PM

    NEW YORK- The U.S. is hosting Iran and Russia in a wrestling exhibition next month in New York City in Grand Central Terminal. Iran hasn't wrestled in the U.S. since the 2003 championships. The U.S. and Russia will square off under experimental rules in response to the International Olympic Committee's... more »
  • US home sales rose to 5-year high in 2012

    January 22, 2013 9:04 AM

    WASHINGTON- U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in 2012 to their highest level in five years, spurred higher by record-low mortgage rates and steady hiring. The National Association of Realtors says sales reached 4.65 million last year. That's up 9.2 percent from 2011 and most since 2007. Sales are... more »
  • 54,000 Mexicans sign petition for US gun control

    January 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    MEXICO CITY - More than 54,000 Mexicans have signed a petition calling on the United States to take further steps to combat weapons trafficking. Mexico says the majority of guns used by the country's violent drug cartels are smuggled over the border from the United States. Mexico's best-known anti-violence activist... more »
  • US warns of treaty snub over Internet rules

    December 13, 2012 1:00 PM

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The chief American delegate at a U.N. conference weighing possible Internet rules says the U.S. may snub the final document over proposals interpreted as giving governments greater oversight over the Web. Ambassador Terry Kramer says references that governments have a right to control the Internet... more »
  • Obama: 'Still time' to resolve Iran nuke dispute

    November 14, 2012 2:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says there is still time for the United States and Iran to resolve an impasse over Iran's nuclear program. Obama said at a news conference Wednesday that there should be a way for Iran to enjoy "peaceful nuclear power" while still meeting international obligations and... more »
  • Thousands sign La. petition to secede from the U.S. Play Video

    November 12, 2012 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana became the first of 20 states to petition the Obama Administration to "peacefully grant the state to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government." "Michael E" from Slidell created it and was the first to sign last Wednesday less... more »
  • US may soon become world's top oil producer

    October 23, 2012 12:53 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer. The boom in production is being driven by high oil prices and new drilling methods that are allowing energy companies to unlock oil trapped between rocks.... more »
  • Vitter supports Arizona immigration law

    April 24, 2012 3:48 PM

    Washington - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today issued the following statement in advance of the Arizona immigration law heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. "The Arizona law is absolutely constitutional. If President Obama doesn't want states to act on immigration, he should start doing his job and controlling the... more »
  • Weekly US oil, gas rig count up by 11

    March 30, 2012 3:02 PM

    HOUSTON - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. is up by 11 this week to 1,979. The Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,318 rigs were exploring for oil and 658 for natural gas. Three were listed as... more »
  • Gunman on U.S. no-fly list

    March 22, 2012 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - The man suspected killing seven people in France was on the list of known or suspected terrorists who are prohibited from flying to the United States according to a U.S. counterterrorism official. The suspected shooter, Mohamed Merah, had been on the no-fly list since 2010. Merah was killed... more »
  • Electronic Social Security payments

    March 1, 2012 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Department of Treasury today kicked off a one year countdown to all-electronic Social Security payments. Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios started the official countdown clock today. On March 1, 2013 all federal benefit recipients must receive their Social Security, and other... more »
  • Perry says "no doubt" Obama is an American citizen

    October 26, 2011 1:02 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Rick Perry now is saying that he has no doubt that President Barack Obama is an American citizen. The Texas governor made the comment in an interview with Bay News 9's "Political Connections" in Tampa, Fla., and the St. Petersburg Times. Perry said that he... more »
  • Moody's warns it may downgrade US credit rating

    July 13, 2011 4:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Moody's Investors Service is threatening to lower the United States' credit rating, saying there is a small but rising risk that the government will default on its debt. The credit rating agency says it will review the federal government's triple-A bond rating because the White House and... more »
  • Geithner confident Congress will raise debt limit

    April 17, 2011 9:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says Republicans are assuring the administration that they will pass an increase in the government's borrowing limit in time to prevent an unprecedented default on the nation's debt. Geithner tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that Republicans gave this assurance to President Barack Obama at... more »
  • Forecasters call for 16 named Atlantic storms

    April 6, 2011 12:58 PM

    FORT COLLINS, Colo.- Weather forecasters at Colorado State University are predicting an above-average hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean. The forecast issued Wednesday is a slightly scaled-back version of the one released in early December. Researchers now predict 16 named storms in the Atlantic, instead of 17. ... more »
  • U.S. soccer cancels exhibition game in Egypt

    January 31, 2011 3:07 PM

    CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. national soccer team has canceled its Feb. 9 exhibition against Egypt in Cairo because of the political turmoil there. The game against the Egyptian national team had been announced on Dec. 13. U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said Monday that "due to... more »
  • Obama's economic agenda: Boost US competitiveness

    January 22, 2011 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he will use his State of the Union address to outline an agenda to create jobs now and boost American competitiveness over the long term. In an online video released to supporters Saturday, Obama says the economy will be the main topic of... more »
  • WikiLeaks reveals sites critical to US security

    December 6, 2010 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - In a disclosure of some of the most sensitive information revealed by WikiLeaks so far, the website has released a secret cable listing sites worldwide that the U.S. considers critical to its national security. The locations cited in the diplomatic cable from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham... more »
  • Russian, US officials near adoption accord

    November 30, 2010 3:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department says U.S. and Russian officials will be meeting Wednesday to conclude a new, binding agreement covering adoptions between the two countries. Russia demanded such an agreement after an incident in April when a Tennessee adoptive mother put her 7-year-old boy on a plane back... more »
  • US hits Iran with new sanctions

    November 30, 2010 12:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is slapping new sanctions on Iran over its suspect nuclear program, targeting Iranian companies for funding the illicit development and spread of weapons of mass destruction. The Treasury announced on Tuesday that it had blacklisted 10 Iranian businesses affiliated with the country's state bank... more »
  • Experts say nation unprepared for Gulf spill

    November 19, 2010 12:27 PM

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - Experts at an international conference in South Carolina agree the United States was poorly prepared for the spill that pumped about 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The government has assured the public that Gulf seafood is safe, but there were differences... more »
  • Iranian leader defends 9/11 statement

    September 24, 2010 12:43 PM

    The Iranian president is defending his remarks at the U.N. in which he claimed most people in the world believe the United States was behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. He also is challenging the United Nations to set up a commission to study the attacks. "I... more »
  • Louisiana celebrates republic's 200th anniversary

    September 22, 2010 12:38 PM

    After 200 years, the Republic of West Florida is looking for a little respect. Amid the colorful history of Louisiana the little nation has been almost forgotten. On Sept. 23, 1810, 75 armed rebels slipped into the Spanish fort at Baton Rouge, and in what was described as... more »
  • American woman held in Iran for year arrives in US

    September 19, 2010 9:55 AM

    An American woman who was held in Iran for more than 13 months and accused of spying returned Sunday to the United States. Sarah Shourd arrived at around 6:30 a.m. at Dulles International Airport near Washington, accompanied by her mother and an uncle, according to a statement released by her... more »
  • Colbert, Stewart plan rallies on National Mall

    September 17, 2010 12:49 PM

    TV personalities Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are taking their faux political feud to Washington and plan to hold opposing political rallies on the National Mall just before the November elections. Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," interrupted his regular fake newscast Thursday night to announce a... more »
  • Hurricane Danielle forms in Atlantic

    August 23, 2010 3:50 PM

    Hurricane Danielle has formed far from land in the Atlantic with winds of 75 mph, and it's expected to strengthen in the next couple of days. Danielle is the second Atlantic hurricane of the year. On Monday afternoon, it was about 1,320 miles east of the Lesser Antilles islands.... more »
  • Lt. Gov.: Ban an attempt to change energy policy

    August 18, 2010 8:13 AM

    Louisiana's lieutenant governor says President Barack Obama's continued moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is an attempt to move the United States toward alternative energy at a high economic cost to the state. During a hearing before the state's two U.S. senators, Republican David Vitter and Democrat... more »
  • The reign of Spain continues in world soccer

    August 11, 2010 9:45 AM

    World champion Spain has stayed atop the FIFA rankings, and the United States dropped five places in the top 20. Spain led World Cup runner-up the Netherlands, with Brazil third and Germany fourth. The U.S. tumbled to No. 18 because its four wins at the CONCACAF Gold Cup... more »
  • Computer hackers look to take over power plants

    August 3, 2010 4:20 PM

    U.S. officials say computer hackers are targeting power plants and other critical infrastructure around the world in bold new efforts to seize control of operations. For the first time, cyber experts have discovered a malicious computer code that was specifically created to take over systems that control the inner... more »
  • Oliver Stone: U.S. should nationalize oil resources

    July 20, 2010 1:09 PM

    The Gulf of Mexico oil spill shows that the United States should follow the example of South American socialists in nationalizing its energy industry, filmmaker Oliver Stone said Tuesday. The Academy Award-winning director of "Born on the Fourth of July" and "JFK" said that America's country's natural wealth was... more »
  • Pentagon: No worries about Russian nuke cheating

    July 20, 2010 11:52 AM

    A senior Pentagon official is dismissing the significance of any Russian cheating on a new nuclear arms treaty. James Miller, the Pentagon's leading authority on nuclear arms issues, told a Senate committee Tuesday that even large-scale Russian cheating would have no meaningful effect on U.S. security. He said... more »
  • US deploys aircraft carrier to South Korea

    July 19, 2010 11:55 AM

    The U.S. is sending the massive aircraft carrier the USS George Washington to South Korea this week. The deployment is considered a show of force in the wake of the sinking of a South Korean warship last March that killed 46 sailors. South Korea and an international team of... more »
  • World Cup overall attendance 3rd highest in history

    July 12, 2010 8:57 AM

    The overall attendance at the World Cup in South Africa, was the third highest in history, behind the 1994 tournament in the United States and the last World Cup in Germany. FIFA, world football's ruling body, said Monday that 3.18 million fans attended the 64 matches in South Africa.... more »
  • 10 alleged Russian secret agents arrested in US

    June 28, 2010 4:08 PM

    Ten people are under arrest, accused of serving secretly as agents of the Russian government in the United States. Court papers say their assignment was to "search and develop ties in policymaking circles." Under federal law, people can't act as agents of foreign governments in the United States... more »
  • United States to face Ghana on Saturday

    June 23, 2010 3:35 PM

    After a 1-0 win over Algeria earlier this morning, the United States learned who they will face in the round of 16. Germany defeated Ghana 1-0 but Ghana still had enough points in the group stage to advance to the second round of the tournament. The Yanks and Ghana will... more »
  • U.S. advances to second round of World Cup

    June 23, 2010 11:04 AM

    Landon Donovan scored in the first minute of stoppage time off a rebound, advancing the United States to the second round at the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Algeria. With the U.S. perhaps three minutes from elimination, Jozy Altidore was stopped on a breakaway by goalkeeper Rais... more »
  • Louisiana jobless rate rises in May

    June 18, 2010 10:33 AM

    Louisiana's unemployment rate rose to 6.9 percent in May. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday, at the same time, the state added 11,100 jobs last month, one of the best numbers on a percentage basis in the United States. The April unemployment rate - on a... more »
  • Turkey wants US condemnation of Israeli raid

    June 1, 2010 9:57 AM

    Turkey is demanding that the United States condemn the botched Israeli raid on an aid flotilla that ended with Israeli soldiers killing nine activists. Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made the comments ahead of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Monday. The White House... more »
  • FBI says violent crime rate down again

    May 24, 2010 9:16 AM

    Violent crime rate in the United States is down for the third year in a row, according to the FBI. The decline last year amounted to 5.5 percent for violent crime and the rate for property crime was down 4.9 percent. The FBI collected the crime data from more than... more »
  • $100 bill gets a makeover

    April 21, 2010 1:29 PM

    The folks who print America's money have designed a high-tech makeover of the $100 bill complete with disappearing Liberty Bells and magical ribbons. It's all part of an effort to stay ahead of counterfeiters as copying technology becomes more sophisticated and more dollars flow overseas. The makeover was... more »
  • State Dept: No suspension of Russian adoptions

    April 15, 2010 10:31 AM

    There has been no suspension of adoptions of Russian children by Americans, according to the U.S. State Department. The statement comes after suspension reports circulated Thursday based on comments from a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson. He was reacting to the case of an American woman who sent her seven-year-old... more »
  • Russia suspends all adoptions to US families

    April 15, 2010 6:49 AM

    Russia is suspending all adoptions by American families. The freeze will be in effect until the two countries reach an agreement on adoption procedures. The announcement comes after an American women sent back her 7-year-old adopted Russian son to Moscow on a plane by himself. The adoptive mother said the... more »
  • Census of Katrina neighborhoods begins

    March 2, 2010 1:24 PM

    Census workers have started to hand deliver 2010 questionnaires in areas of the hurricane-hit Gulf Coast for the once-in-a-decade population count. The Census Bureau usually mails out forms, but officials decided to go door-to-door in neighborhoods where Hurricane Katrina caused heavy damage. Workers hit the stretts Monday to drop... more »

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